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Zion National Park according to KUED

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  • zion_national_park_hiking
    Zion National Park is a temple in the wilderness. Its meaning is a place of safety or refuge given by mormon pioneers. It is sanctuary. Names in Zion offer a
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 30, 2004
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      Zion National Park is a temple in the wilderness. Its meaning is a place of safety or refuge
      given by mormon pioneers. It is sanctuary. Names in Zion offer a feeling of reverence for
      one of the most beautiful places on earth. There are names like Cathedral Mountain, the
      Great White Throne, the Towers of the Virgin, and the Pulpit. The Watchman stands guard
      looking toward Zion's main canyon. A steep, sometimes harrowing climb, brings one to
      the top of Angel's Landing. The reward is stunning views of Zion's main canyon. The Court
      of the Patriarchs is as monumental as its name implies.


      In fall, wild turkeys strut confidently under a canopy of trees. Benjamin Franklin
      supposedly wanted the turkey as America's mascot rather than the bald eagle. Turkeys
      may have as many as 5,000 feathers. They can fly at approximately 55 miles per hour.


      The Virgin River flows through this canyon of sublime beauty. It is one of the last mostly
      free-flowing rivers in the Colorado River system. The Virgin River eventually joins the
      Colorado in its journey to Mexico and quest for the ocean. Dusk falls on the narrows of the
      Virgin River deep within the Temple of Sinawava. Slot canyons beckon with cracks to an
      unknown world to be explored. Streaming clouds over canyon walls race the coming
      nightfall.


      Winter snows surround the Virgin River which runs silty grey. Reds of checkerboard mesas
      meet the white snow as if a welcome blanket. The peaks of kolob canyon in Zion's
      northwest corner are deep in winter's grasp. Spring tells a story of re-birth. Green new life
      replaces grey.


      Desert bighorn sheep graze peacefully on red cliffs. A nursery of lambs are watched by
      adults. A clatter of hooves on rock announces their presence.


      Zion's emotions are painted by sun and clouds. Water weeps off rock faces as if tears from
      heaven. Waterfalls plunge from sheer heights in the red wall to the emerald pools below.
      Rainbows in the mist paint the canvas. It is a natural paradise. The east fork of the Virgin
      River flows through the wilderness of parunuweap canyon in Zion's southeast corner.


      Kolob Canyon is a painting of splendor in summer beauty. Forests of pinon (pinyon) and
      juniper adorn redwall cliffs. Kolob comes from Mormon theology. It means "a heavenly
      place close to God." A strenuous hike with numerous stream crossings, leads to the
      Subway. The Subway is so named for it's unique formation. Deep in the Zion back country
      is a shangri-la. It is fall with colors of burning orange and flaming red.


      Zion tells a story of hidden places; a land of secrets that time unlocks. It is a story of
      majesty, of grandeur, and reverence.

      http://www.kued.org/productions/nationalparks/script6.html
    • luvs_to_hike
      Speaking of Zion on TV --- there is a Zion/Bryce program playing on the Travel Channel often that has many shots of Bo in it. He is climbing, hiking and I
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        Speaking of Zion on TV --- there is a Zion/Bryce program playing on the Travel Channel
        often that has many shots of Bo in it. He is climbing, hiking and I think canyoneering. :)

        For those of you who do not know Bo
        http://www.zionnational-park.com/bo-beck.htm

        Hi Bo! Hope you feel better soon

        xoxoxoxo!!!!
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